New Jersey Audubon field trips and programs adhere to CDC guidelines; leaders have the right to ask a participant to leave the program if someone is not adhering to these guidelines for the health and safety of all.  Leaders and participants must wear face coverings throughout the program and maintain social distancing (at least 6’ of separation). Leaders may remove their face covering in order to be heard by the group while maintaining social distance. Please do not come to a program if you are sick or have a sick family member. People coming from other states should follow New Jersey’s Travel Advisories for COVID -19 before attending a New Jersey Audubon program including 14-day self-quarantine.  For a list of states go to  There will be no sharing of equipment including binoculars or spotting scopes.


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That’s Wild! Tales from the Human Side of Nature – With Dr. Ismael Calderon

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dr. Calderon has spent an entire career immersed in science education. Learn how his life’s work has been shaped by nature.

Dr. Ismael Calderon served as the Director of Science of the Newark Museum from 1996 to 2016. This 110 year old institution in the heart of Newark’s Downtown Arts District is devoted to the interpretation of science and art.

Dr. Calderon developed several major exhibits there, including Dynamic Earth: Revealing Natures Secrets, a $5 million exploratory exhibit that examines how Earth’s dynamic tectonic geological forces created the incredible diversity of habitats responsible for gradual and vast evolutionary changes of the Earth’s flora and fauna, Generation Fit: Steps to a Healthier Life Style an interactive exhibit that addresses the issue of obesity and offers insights for its causes and practical solutions, and, with the assistance of the New Jersey Audubon Society staff, Skies Alive: Bird Migration in the Garden State a hands-on exhibit, which explores the effect of habitat degradation and destruction on the 350 plus species of birds that travel the Atlantic Flyaway along New Jersey’s vast habitats.

Dr. Calderon also served the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City in various capacities from 1974 to 1997. was a panelist for the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2015, and served on the New Jersey Audubon Society board of directors for sixteen years.

Dr. Calderon earned a BS degree from Fordham University in 1973, and MA and MS degrees in science education in 1983 and 1985 respectively from Columbia University Teachers College. He completed his Ed.D. degree from Columbia University, Teachers College in 1998.


September 24
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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